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August 9, 2010

Extension Granted for Review of Offshore Oil Spill Safety Procedures

The timeframe for the assessment of the offshore oil spill prevention and response in place off Newfoundland and Labrador being undertaken by Captain Mark Turner has been extended.

"Extra time is required for this assessment of our offshore oil and gas industry given the many issues involved and the large number of documents that need review," said the Honourable Kathy Dunderdale, Minister of Natural Resources. "Our government wants to ensure that Captain Turner has the appropriate amount of time to complete this work."

Captain Turner, an expert in marine safety and environmental management, commenced a review of oil spill prevention and response in May 2010 with an initial timeframe of 90 days to complete the scope of work. Upon request of Captain Turner, an extension to the initial timeframe to present a final report to the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador has been provided.

"While we have confidence in the current level of environmental protection in this industry, the work of Captain Turner includes a review of regimes in other jurisdictions," said Minister Dunderdale. "Safety and environmental protection are paramount for us and this review will provide guidance for possible future improvements."

The Provincial Government announced the Terms of Reference for this assessment and the appointment of Captain Turner on May 12, 2010. For more information, please visit

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Media contact:
Tina Williams
Communications Specialist
Department of Natural Resources
709-729-5777, 728-2837

2010 08 09                                                      1:30 p.m.

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